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PAGE 8 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER By Valerie Feldman The Hebrew Day School of Central Florida is planning an open house for parents of prospective 2005 kinder- garten students on Thurs- day, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in HDS' Multi-purpose Room. Parents will be guided through the state-of-the-art facility, includingvisits to the library, news studio and kin- dergarten classrooms, where they will meet with a talented team of educators. The school will showcase some of its highly successful learningprograms. Kimberly Gordon, kindergarten teacher at HDS, spoke enthusiastically about the innovative curricu- lum."The kids love the Guided Reading Program, which is phonetics based. We have centers, or activities where the children work indepen- dently on computers, listen to books on tape, or create a theme-based project. Simul- taneously, other students read with the teacher in 'Reaching Out' project underway By Edith Schulman Last spring, just before Passover, the Jewish Genea- logical Society of Greater Or- lando (JGSGO) began a project it named "Reaching Out." Lori Zollman is chairman of this project. It is one of the group's missions to interest families in looking for their ancestors, and to involve their children in thiswonderful project.Acopy of a family tree chart was sent to the synagogues and Beit Hamidrash. The institutions were instructed to reproduce the chart and distribute it to the children in their Sunday and Hebrew schools. The completed Family Trees sent back to Zollman will be bound and placed in the Jewish Genealogy Library located at Congregation of Liberal Judaism. Between the hurricanes and Jewish holidays, this project had to be put on hold for a time, but Zollman says,"It's now up and running." All Central Florida families are invited to partici- pate in this project. To obtain a family tree chart, call Lori Zollman at 407-682-4048. While many genealogy records for Cen- tral Florida are available in Miami, wouldn't it be nice to have our own reference library or Jewish Historical Society? This project is but a small beginning. small groups based on their individual level." Reading Buddies, one of the more longstanding programs at HDS, fosters a loving, family relationship between the kin- dergartners and the third and fifth grade students. Twice a month, these groups come together to share reading and participate in a related activity. This yields benefits for both younger and older students and creates special, long-lasting friendships. Other aspects of the Language Arts curriculum include Handwriting With- out Tears, which reduces the frustration some students feel when learning to write; Ex- plode the Code, which teaches vowel sounds; and Doodle Loops, where children learn to read and follow directions. Together, these programs help to develop the child's literacy to the fullest potential by the end of the kindergarten year. The math curriculum is based on the "big book series" from New Bridge Math. "These books are very colorful and are full of ac- tivities, which stimulate the children's sense of discovery," said Gordon. "We add to that computer math programs and manipulatives that keep the students engaged and hold their interest. This is also level-oriented to benefit each individual child." As for the religious aspect, HDS Kindergarten students meet the mail carrier and leaves from northern friends and family. students are immersed into the Hebrew/Judaic program. The school offers a full Hebrew curriculum that encourages the learning of a second language early in a child's education with oral Hebrew in kindergarten. The Judaic program highlights the importance of being Jewish. The children experi- ence the joy and meaning of the religion, as they celebrate its holidays through reading, music and art. The whole student body participates in the schoorsdaily newscast on WHDS, which is produced by the fifth graders and middle school students. Students from kindergarten through fourth grade take turns leading the Pledge of Al- legiance, the "Star-Spangled Banner" and "Hatikvah." The kindergarten students view this newscast each morning from their classrooms. They then discuss topics such as the weather, calendarand counting to the 100th day of school. Dana Kaplan, parent of Coo- per, a kindergarten student, and Sayres, a third grader, spoke about Cooper's adjust- ment to elementary school. send letters off "Cooper loves at HDS. H day humming and sin Hebrew. He to us containin which he's and joy. We are very see his enthusiasm." The Hebrew is a kindergarten eighth grade ing interfaith new students in everY i level. For visit the school's L~ missions, at By Sara Geboff and Jason Attermann COSUSY co-presidents Congregation Ohev Sha- lom's United Synagogue Youth group has risen to new levels over the past few years, and recently has made a impact on a regional level. In our chapter, we cre- ate many opportunities for members to get involved, whether it be on a commit- tee or as a chairperson for an event. We want to spread the responsibilities of the chapter to create leaders for the future of COSUSY. While keeping our chapter strong here at home, we have begun to branch out and use our abilities for the good of the region. As of April 2004, COSUSY is proud to share one of its members with the region. At Regional Convention in Orlando this past year, our most recent past president (and current active mem- ber) Sarah Attermann was elected Regional Social Ac- tion Tikkun Olam (SaTo). She is in charge of making sure our region plays an active role in repairing the world throughout the communities, through community service and fundraising events. She has created the path that all COSUSY members are eager to follow. This pas- sion has already trickled down into other members as this year begins. Seven of our members, Ja- son Attermann (Mercaz Rel/ Ed), Sara Geboff (Mercaz Ruach Chair), Aaron Cres- pin (Video Yearbook Editor), Daniela Feldman (Chapter Outreach Troop Chair), Steven Resnick (Mercaz Senior Rep.), Shaina White (Mercaz SaTo Chair), and Mimi Briskman ~Kadima Liason), hold Regional Gen- eral Board positions. Jason Attermann is in charge of the Jewish aspect of USY in our subregion. Sara Geboff is in charge of Shabbat ruach and the subregional song. Aaron Crespin is in charge of making the end- of-the-year regional video. Daniela Feldman is in charge of helping chapters meet others in their subregion and region. Steven Resnick creates special programs for the seniors. Shaina White is in charge of the social actions and tikkun olam aspects for our subregion. Mimi Briskman represents USY for Kadima, the middle- school sister youth group. All of these members were chosen because they have superior qualities and ideas that can help the region grow. We are extremely proud to say that within a year we've become the chapter with the most regionally-active members. Learning how to be a leader begins on a chapter level, and we hope to continue to develop strong leaders for USY. Our next program is a Kab- balat and Kibbitz, where we gather for a Friday night at a USYer's house to enjoy Shah- bat with our friends. The next Kabbalat and Kibbitz is at the Pearlmans' house on October 22. Contact for more information. We invite all COS teenagers to come! Please come and en- joy eating and schmoozing with friends! Shabbat Shalom~ Or- lando. JASON A TTERMANN and SARA GEBOFF, co-presidents of COSUSY. The Rishona- Chaverot group of Orlando Hadassah will present a program enti- tled,"Election Day 2004~-the Hadassah Way," on Tuesday, November 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Congregation of Liberal Judaism. Twelve men and women have been nominated for consideration as "Jewish Person of the Century." Twelve members researched and will present biographies thatwill bring these nominees to life. The audience will then vote using "official" Hadas- sah ballots. The winner will be deemed the outstanding Jewish personality of the century. Members participating in- clude Irene Lober, Lee Sami, Mildred Sokolow, Aline Lorb- er, Gloria Newberger, Susan Livingstone, Selma Kessler, Shirley Kohn, Betty Hyman, Zeida Siskind, Ellie Tross and Sylvia Hershbein. All Hadassah members and guests are cordially invited to attend. Lunch costs $7.50, and reservations must be made by October 29. For reservations, contact Bunny Rosen at 407- 331-836 or May Lederman at 407-260-0862. For more information, contact Ruth Goidhar at 407-894-7436 or Marge Pariser at 407-834- 2029. Danny Gendzier, son of Debby and Larry Gendzier of Longwood, Fla will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. Danny is in the sev- enth grade at Rock Lake Middle School, where he is an "A" student taking advanced classes. He was selected as a member of the "Good Morning, Rock Lake" news crew, and is a peer tutor for mentally dis' abled students. His other interests include being a DJ for parties events, operating light boards for numerous productions, and pla He is also a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Danny's Lauren; grandfather, Ron Kwasman of Rochester grandparents, Alois and Irwin Gendzier of Jacksonvi Fla; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Washin Utah, California, North Carolina and Georgia. ao, Jgor n David Gordon Levin, son of Phyllis and Don Levin of Longwood, Fla will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Sat- urday, October 30, 2004 at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. David is in the seventh grade at Rock Lake Middle School, where he is an hon- or roll student. His other interests include sports, playing video games, and socializing with friends. He is also a member of Kadima. Sharing in the family's simcha will b, Michael; and friends and relatives from Ari~ fornia, Colorado, Maine, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania, and South Florida.